Recently I have been investigating what the cheapest/easiest setup could be for a home entertainment system would be.
I have an old Macbook laptop that doesn't have a working touchpad and keyboard - but everything else works, so am using that as a media server.
So, my favourite combination of Software/Hardware is:
- Plex Server, easy to setup, works on all operating systems. You can add your own specific custom plugins, for example ABC iview in Australia, just look on GitHub.
- Chromecast - best $30 spent ever. Really simple device that works insanely well. Even without a media server, you can get some fantastic apps on your mobile - and cast from there.
- Plex mobile app ~$6, enables you to browse your Plex channels, and cast to your TV. Works on iPad, iPhone and Android.
Now all I need is a decent live sports channel, and I'll be set.